Some bits of trivia are entirely predictable but others leave even professionals scratching their heads.
For example, it’s not surprising that the number of education majors has taken a real hit—down six percent in 20 years—but would you have guessed that during the same period majors in park, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies rose by 734% percent?
Or did you know that Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia, grew by 940% in the ten-year period ending in 2011?
For those who don’t have a subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education, I am sharing 15 'fun facts' for 2013:
- The most degrees awarded in 2011 went to business, management, marketing, and related support services (369,042); the fewest went to military technologies and applied science (64).
- Among freshmen, 21.1 percent characterize themselves as “conservative," while 26.8 percent are "liberal."
- In 2011-12 the median total compensation for public-college presidents rose to $441,392, an increase of 4.7 percent from 2010-11
- Over 19 percent of college freshmen hope to earn a Ph.D., while 10.4 percent want to join the medical profession as doctors, vets, or dentists.
- After a decade-long surge, postsecondary enrollment dropped by two-tenths of a percent in fall of 2011, to 21.6 million undergrad and graduate students.
- Among freshman enrolling at four-year colleges in the fall of 2012, 38.4 percent reported spending six or more hours per week doing homework during their last year of high school.
- The average salary across all faculty ranks at private colleges was $99,771 in 2012-13, compared with $80,578 at public colleges.
- Slightly over 10 percent of freshman reported spending over 20 hours/week working “for pay” during their last year of high school.
- The average in-state student living on campus at a public institution paid 8,655 in tuition and fees and $9,205 in room and board; the average private college student living on campus paid $29,056 in tuition and fees and $10,462 in room and board.
- The most popular “probable” field of study/major among freshmen is business (14.4%) and, the least popular is physical science (2.5%)
- The fastest growing field in terms of growth in bachelor’s degrees awarded is “construction trades,” which went up by a whopping 1,267 percent in 20 years.
- Slightly over 46% of freshmen lived more than 100 miles from home, while 12.4% reported living 10 or fewer miles from home.
- More than two-thirds of college students expressed confidence in their overall academic ability, though less than half considered themselves above average in mathematical or writing skills.
- Almost 87% of freshmen expect to complete their degrees in four years or less.
- The fastest-growing public research institution in the country is Texas Women’s University which increased by 85.7% from fall 2001 to fall 2011, while the fastest growing public master’s institution was Florida Gulf Coast University which grew by over 200%.